This site is Dedicated to the many artists and just plain folks who year after year make and send National Postcard Week postcards.

National Postcard Week May 1-7, 2016

I am now taking names and addresses of those who are making a card for 2016 and would like to trade with others. Please email me at to be included on the list.  There are approximately 60 people who trade yearly on this list.  I will also have a short list of those wishing to trade with 20 only.  You should also include the information as to whether you prefer to receive your postcards with a stamp and a cancel or in an envelope.  If you are making more than one design please include that information as well.

The following will print your postcard in their magazines:

You should include your name, address and whether you will trade or sell and the amount you will sell for.

Barr's Post Card News
National Postcard Week
PO Box 720
Vinton Iowa 52349-0720

If your postcard has used rubber stamping you can submit it to:
RSM Postcard Week
PO Box 610
Corvallis, OR 97339

Check out Celine's Blog:

This poem written by Mary Lee Cox is on the reverse of her 2012 postcard:

Honor the Old, The New! The Steek.
In May it's National Postcard Week.
Once just one cent, not thirty-two.
We still collect the scenic view,
Real People, Motels, dogs and art.
Keep this for Posterity.
It's a Start!

This site is Dedicated to the many artists and just plain folks who year after year make and send National Postcard Week postcards.

A special thanks to the Toronto Post Card Club for sending the many boxes of postcards and other papers from the collection of Stanley R. Hopkins, who spent many years before his death in 2004 collecting everything to do with NPCW.

A second thanks to Richard Novick for his help, advice and encouragement.

Also, to Barbara Sussman and Nancy Tucker for their diligence in searching for articles and information to add here.

Hi, I have started this site to display National Postcard Week postcards. And to gather the history as best I can. If you have questions, would like a NPCW postcard or have a scan to add here, please contact me at I would also be happy to trade my extras for one of yours. .

Do you see any that are missing? Please send a copy to be included on this site. You may send a scan. But I would love the have the real thing if possible.

This is the history as I know it. I will be updating this as I learn more.

National Postcard Week (NPCW) is a week dedicated to the celebration of Deltiology, the study of postcards, as a promotion to encourage and popularize the collecting, publishing and mailing of picture postcards. Collectors commission art from a variety of artists, using a different theme each year. They create designs using special events and anniversaries. Others repeat the same theme year after year with various designs. Collectors are looking for novel ways to better their work from previous years.

National Postcard Week had it's beginnings in 1911 when a few postcards were printed for Postcard Day, May 1. Using slogans like: 'come to Tamps from the Tampa Bay Land Company and the First of May is Postcard Day by the Courier-Informant, a booster for Barlow, Florida.

1913 postcard black and white view of San Diego, California with this message on the reverse: 1913 Preparations for the International Exposition of progress and Opportunity to be held in San Diego, California, through the entire year of 1915 have been under way for two years and work on the buildings and grounds is now more than fifty percent completes.... The State Societies of the San Diego send you this card of their Postcard Day and hundreds of thousands of similar cards go to all parts of the world.

1914 Hillsboro, Texas, celebrated a Postcard Day on February 7th. It is said that 20,000 post cards advertising Hillsboro were sent out to all quarters of the Globe.

Hutchinson, Kansas also celebrated a post card day.

National Postcard Week was also suggested in 1930's by the Postcard Collectors Club of America.

In July 9-15, 1950 a hand cancel on a Curt Teich Art Colortone on a linen postcard shows someone was trying to begin a NPCW.

In the 1970's John McClintock received many suggestions for the celebration.

Ann Rusnak and Louise Northum sent World Postcard Day postcards in the Early 80's.

Our current National Postcard Week began in 1984 with the idea that the International Federation of Postcard Dealers and different clubs would make a postcard to celebrate the postcard and promote their hobby.

To celebrate the week, postcard collectors either design and make their own postcards or purchase them to mail to friends and family. Always being sure the words National Post Card Week and the date are on the Postcard. This year the dates are May 6-12, 2012.

NPCW began as a way for sellers and collectors to promote the hobby of postcard collecting.

Some of those Pioneers were DeeDee Parker of Western Reserve Post Card Society, John McClintock, Roy Cox and Richard Novick. An excerpt from the IFPD Newsletter of March 1, 1983 written by John McClintock. " For the past year we have been working on a Postcard Day, Week or Month to help promote the hobby/business. DeeDee Parker graciously accepted the task of correlating the thoughts of the postcard collectors/dealers in the matter. It seems the majority wishes to have a Postcard Week and that it be held the First full week of May. This will be a lot of fun and insure perpetuation of the hobby in the future.

Excerpt from The Postcard Dealer & Collector Volume VII No. 1 Feb/Mar 1984 issue

May 6-12, 1984, as the first National Postcard Week commemorates 91 years of the availability of American picture postcards. The actual opening of the World's Colombian Exposition was in May 1893 and was held in Chicago. At this event, the first American made postcards were available to the public.

Now what would National Postcard Week be without postcards? There are some new ones planned, too. John McClintock has circulated the address economical painting is available for clubs and individuals. These planned future collectibles has awaiting collectors already. So Plan a postcard for the first National Postcard Week! Submitted by DeeDee Parker.

Excerpt from The Postcard Dealer ^& Collector Volume VII No. 3 June/July 1984

While neither DeeDee Parker or I conceived the idea in itself, we DID get the ball rolling! This publication and by Postcard Club Federation Newsletters and the IFPD Newsletter have been touting the celebration since spring of 1983...others talk about it but we did something about it! Regardless of who thought of it originally, it is no a going affair, let us keep it moving and get more publicity for it.

We are proud of the Deltiologists that created a personal postcard!!! What great cards have been made and will become collectors items N-O-W!!! Submitted by John McClintock

DeeDee Parker was to make a list of all the postcards made in 1984 for this celebration. Does anyone know if it was completed? If so, do you have a copy you can send me or copy for inclusion here.

Publicizing your hobby is what NPCW is all about. Whether you want to trade or sell. Letting people know what you collect or sell, sending a NPCW postcard is just one of the ways.

Notify the local newspaper at they are most cooperative in national efforts. Contact your
political representatives at the state capitol and tell him/her you would like the week of May 5-11, 2013 to be designated NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK.

Put up a display in your local library, contact the Mayor's office for a proclamation stated the first week of May in National Postcard Week. Contact the local Newspaper and/or TV station for a story about these events. Rather than say I collect postcards you can say I collect postcards and have designed a postcard for the celebration of NPCW and have a display at_____ or on this day the Mayor will be proclaiming this week as NPCW.

In May, 1985 The Milwaukee Post Card Collectors Club placed a large sign on the side of the City Hall to publicize NPCW.

A giant 28 x 40 inch postcard was drawn by Norm Ramsey depicting the Cedar Rapids skyline and Five Seasons Logo. On May 7 this card was presented to Mayor Canney by then President, Peter McCormick, of the Cedar Rapids Postcard Club.

Governor Richard F. Celeste issued a proclamation stating May 1-7, 1983 as "National Post Card Week" in the State of Ohio.

A copy of a suggested letter to the Mayor follows this article.

In 1984 Govenor Charles S. Robb of the Commonwealth of Virginia officially recognized National Postcard Week.

At the instigation of Thelma Morris Jimmy L. Young, Sr. Mayor of Dalton, Georgia on April 14, 1984 proclaimed May 6-12, 1984 as National Postcard Week.

In 1985 Postcard Collector Magazine sponsored a Postcard Design contest for 1985. The winning designers won $50 and 500 postcards.

Thelma Morris, according to a letter from Ann Rusnak was the very first person to issue a postcard commemorating NPCW 1984. That same year in the United Kingdom June 16-24 was declared NPCW.

*********Postcard collectors winning NPCW postcards for 1985 were:
Best for 1985: Soaking in "Postcards keeps me soft and younger looking" by Newly Preziosi

Most Timely: Sue Lewman's *There goes Spend-a-Buck"

Tackiest: Don Preziosi's grre and black and white "Would you buy a used card from this man?"

Philatelic Tie-in: Gateway Postcard Club of St. Louis card with special cancellation. Kathy and Danny Danielsen headed this special event. The Cancellation was available Sunday, May 5 at St. Louis' Forest Park station. The cancel was designed by James Stinebaker.

Illegal: GV Samoyan's oversize hand-drawn, hand-colored design got thru the mail for only 14 cents.

Totally machine-made: R. S. Burwell's continental-size computer printed card.

Best postcard Back: "Post Cards for Ever" by Ann Rusnak

Triple-slammer-Best Novelty, most colorful, best hand-colored: Carol Maynard's "Post Card Consumption" a two sided hand-cut hold-to-light.

Warmest: Real photo Irene and John Kowalak's personal postcard.

Most cuddly: Gotham Book Mart artist-Edward Gorey

In Joke: Leah Schnall's "Appears you'd rather fight than switch.

The oldest person to make a NPCW postcard was Bill Gambino. At age 90 and losing his sight his dinosaurs are easily recognized. "From a letter to Stan Hopkins from Bill's daughter."

Favorite (unofficial) series-not a series at all but instantly recognizable artist Rick Geary's postcards produced for several senders.*

Walter Waldau used Statue of Liberty in all of his postcards.

*Postcard Collector Magazine, June, 1985 issue page 35.

Barr's Post Card News became a temporary official cancellation stop in 1987. People were encouraged to send their postcards under cover to have them cancelled with a special cancel for National Postcard Week, Vinton, Iowa.

Two of the most prolific artists to design postcards for others were Ann Rusnak of Nevada. Her standard medium was India ink with a speedball pen, a toy light table and typing paper. She also produced the first checklist. Ann died in 1998.

The other is Rick Geary of New Mexico. He still designs postcards for individuals and groups for NPCW. His unique style is instantly recognizable from those with tornadoes to flying postcards. He can be contacted at: or PO Box 869, Carrizozo NM 88301 Check out his website:

There were many hundreds of amateur artists including some children.

The youngest person to make a postcard was Grant P. from Ohio, aged 6 in 1986.

Bob Baker of Baltimore, Maryland was the first person so send a computer designed and printed postcard.

1992 NPCW was celebrated for a second year in Barnaul Siberia, Russa on January 7-14. Four of the postcards are in the 1992 album. The designer is Valeri Kobashev


Bertha Reynolds made NPCW postcards using Braille.

Jay Patel added Scratch N' Sniff Stickers.

Richard Novick had a mechanical arm of the Statue of Liberty

Joan Gentry has had added many embelishments to her postcards, feathers, mirrors, pompoms, luggage tags and more.

Kim Baton employed ribbons for hers.

NPCW postcards have been made of Leather by Joel Zuetner

Connie Denault added a pair of wooden shoes to hers.

2010 surprising facts:

Longest traveling NPCW postcard. J. D. Weeks book and a NPCW postcard spent 4 months on the International Space Station. The items were delivered by the Space Shuttle Discovery and returned to earth by the Space Shuttle Endeavour. They circled the earch 16 times a day; traveled 17,500 MPH and logged over 50 million miles.

Zoe Marie Head hand painted each of her original postcard in 2010.

Internationally the following countries also join us in celebrating NPCW: Canada and the United Kingdom (in June)had been celebrating with us since the beginning. Dott. Felice Giovine of Italy send a card in 1989. Valerie Kolbashev of Russia sent postcards in 1992. Kitty of Philippines was the first to make a NPCW postcard from that country in 2010. New participants 2011 were Andrew Cottingham of New Zealand, Lay Hoon of Malaysia and The Australia Postcard Society.

TRIVIA FROM THE NEW POSTCARDS HISTORY SOCIETY April, 1986 -Was our holiday in danger in 1986???? Seem not but read on.......

Back in 1983 and 1984 I wrote to the Postcard Distributors Association of North America,
J & H Sales in Portland, Or., informing them of my plan to start a NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK in 1984. They did not think very much of the idea, I assume, as they did not even extend the courtesy of a reply! Now that the idea has taken hold I read in the March 1986 issue of Postcard Collector Magazine (page 6) that his group plans to start their own National Postcard Week...EARLY IN JULY! Does this mean the COLLECTORS will have their NPCW in May and the COMMERCIAL distributors have one in July? Will the untold millions of commercial NPCW cards ever become the collectors items of the original, lovingly made without thoughts of dollar and cents, cards issued by YOU & ME? Only time will tell. John H. McClintock


Everyone can be creative. Pick up a pencil and get started.

Start with a theme. NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK MAY 5 -11, 2013
Add something personal: what you find appealing, your geographical setting, an event, a topic or topics you collect, sell, love to send or buy. Got a scathingly brilliant idea???? Try it out!!!

What is your objective? In this case to promote postcard collecting, your preferences or willingness to trade, as well as adding to your collection.

Concentrate on putting your ideas into words and pictures in a postcard format. Keep it simple. Put your sketch on paper. Put it aside. Later come back to is, cut it into parts. Move the parts around, change the size, words, pictures, drawings. Make some parts smaller, some larger. I sometimes find that my title is never large enough and my photos are too large. Use stickers, rubber stamps, what ever you have on hand if you just can't draw..... Show your idea to someone. Watch their reaction. If they are like my husband he likes everything I do. But his facial expressions shows whether he really liked it or not.

Try out different ideas and concepts, one will be sure to be the one for you.

Do you take good photos? Think about using a photo. You will need to add National Postcard Week and the date to the photo. If you use a computer program, you can make your photo smaller and put the text around the photo. Or even on the photo. Check your local public library. Many have computers you can use to design your postcard and print them. You will need to bring your own card stock.

When you are ready to print. Think about where you are going to print them. Is there a small print shop near you? Drop in and explain your project and ask if they can help.

Using your own computer and printer with any good card making program can be fun. I use Microsoft's picture it program and Broderbund The Print Shop 23.. There are many good programs available. Most will print four postcards to a piece of card stock. If you use an ink jet printer, be sure they are dry before stacking them and don't let them get wet. The ink will run. Laser printers do a good job of printing but are quite expensive to purchase.

You can use a printing company, a computer or hand make your postcards.

Some of the online printing companies can be found by searching for postcards. Some I know of that do a good job are nbsp; and There are many others, but these I and others have used. will send you a sample booklet for free. For 2012 I am using They are a national company but have a local franchise near my home. I have had one printed so far and it is very nice.

Here are some guidelines originally from The Tucson Post Card Exchange Club.

1. National Postcard Week and the date must be on the postcard, preferably on the front. 2013 is the 30th year.

2. Your name or the name of the club and mailing address should be included, preferably on the front, but can be on the back.

3. The minimum size is 3-1/2x5-1/2 inches. Those are post office requirements.

4. Maximum is 4-1/4x6 inches. (I have seen larger)

5. The minimum thickness of is 90 lb. card stock. Most home printers will print on 110 LB cardstock, sold in many discount stores.

6. All postcards printed should be of the same designs. You can design more than one. If you do you should send all designs in a trade.

7. A minimum of 100 copes is recommended to give other traders a change to receive a copy.

8. To give your card extra worth, numbering them is an excellent idea. /100 on the back is okay.

9. Be sure to Autograph your postcard. A first name is okay.

10 All NPCW postcards should be mailed during NPCW, especially those sent individually with a stamp. Get a hand cancel at the post office desk.

Some Printing companies people have used and recommend:

Online: - they also have local shops - check your yellow pages

Other printers:
Three Starr Press
600 110th Ave
Masonville, IA 50654

If you can recommend any others please let me know at


You can send me your name and address and I will add you to a list of those who would like to trade with as many as possible. email: put NPCW in the subject line.

Or send your postcard or set or postcards to: Demaris Swint, PO Box 746, Alamo TX 78516-0746

You should send your postcard to Barr's Post Card News, National Postcard Week, PO Box 720, Vinton, IA 52349-0729. When sending to Barr's please include your mailing address and whether you will trade or sell.

Send your postcard or set of postcards to Demaris Swint, PO Box 746, Alamo, Texas, 78516 USA to be added to the directory of NPCW postcards for 2013. email her for more information   The directory will be published in July, 2013 after all the postcards have had time to arrive, including those that are late.

If you have time check out the photo section.  There are over 4000 NPCW postcards shown. It is always a work in progress.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Enjoy the day!

Letter to your Mayor
Mayor *(NAME)

Dear Mayor,

I am a Post Card Collector (Deltiologist) and the week of May 5-11, 2013 has been designated and National Postcard Week. We would like to have you proclaim this so in Alamo.
There are several other collectors locally and we hope to have displays in our Public Library during that week.
I am enclosing one of my own personal postcards that I will be publishing for this occasion.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Your Name
Telephone number:

The Postcard Dealer & Collector Vol III #3 June/July 1984 pg 90-91
The Postcard Dealer & Collector Vol VI # 5 Oct. Nov. 1983
The Postcard Dealer & Collector Vol VII #2 April/May 1984 pg 51-53,
The Postcard Dealer & Collector Vol VII Feb/Mar 1984 pg 17
The Postcard Dealer & Collector Vol VIII #3 pg. 96, 114
The Postcard Dealer & Collector Vol VII pg 90
The Postcard Dealer & Collector Vol VIII #6 Dec/Jan 1984 pg. 199
Postcard Collector Vol 3 #6 June 1985 pg 35
Postcard Collector Vol 4 # 2 February 1986 pg 40-41
Postcard Collector Vol 5 #6 June 1987 pg 51
The Postcard Dealer August/September, 1982 Vol. 5 #4 pg 129
Barr's Post Card News Issue #504 May 4, 1992
Barr's Post Card News Issue #507 May 25, 1992
Personal letter from Ann Rusnak to Thelma Morris Apr 11, l984

Links to other sites:  Do you have a NPCW site, send me a link to be added here.

Celine's Blog about NPCW:

Brenda's blog about NPCW:

Heidi's blog:   also on Twitter: using the hashtag #NPCW2013

 Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Blog

Michael blog:"Miss You wish you were here..."


Brenda;s new blog:



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